My heart is in New York this week as bridal week gets underway, my feet however, are not. It’s a delight though to showcase yet another Australian (and New Zealand born!) designer who is hitting the New York bridal scene for the very first time! Jessica Fontaine started her couture bridal label at the age of 24 after learning the craft from talented bridal designers and honing her skills.
After five years designing for Australian brides, Jessica has packed up her gowns and relocated to New York! Never fear though Australian brides, Jessica’s gowns can be purchased through a number of Australian boutiques including The Wedding Boutique in Sydney)
Jessica’s gowns echo the silhouettes of the 1930a and 1950S. They’re sleek and stylish with a hit of Jessica’s youthful approach. I love that each has a beautiful femininity to it- using the draping, laces, or simply echoing the female figure.
Good morning Polka Dot Bridettes and groomettes, and vendorettes and already marriedettes (I spy with my little eye..) Did you have a lovely weekend?
It’s time for our Monday morning ritual – pouring love on Ms Polka Dot’s Directory! I love when our polka dot teacup randomly selects a vendor each week! I get to rave about our Directory members who help us grow Polka Dot Bride and help us get the right people on board so that we can bring you fresh and Australian content every single day of the week. Visit Ms Polka Dot’s Directory and support our vendors – by supporting them, you’re supporting us (and no doubt finding a vendor who is incredibly good at what they do!)
I’m really, really excited to introduce you to this week’s vendor of the week Robert Hock Photography. The first “Inspired Wedding” I ever featured was captured by Robert so he’s played a special role in Polka Dot Bride history! Robert epitomises “Melbourne” with his photography. His work is very stylish, very chic and with a touch of humour- which to me is all Melbourne!
Robert has years of experience, having studied a Masters in Fine Arts Photography and travels all over the world – including Germany to shoot weddings and exhibit his work. Plus he believes in brilliant customer service – which with a wedding photographer is so essential!
After five I’m often meeting my clients so the drinks I have with them are more on the harmless side I love my sparkling mineral water with lime (somebody told me it is a very European to drink and being from Germany myself I don’t mind hearing that, lol)
Your favourite weekend getaway?
Weddings are usually my weekend getaways, and when they’re out of the city at a beautiful place with trees and fresh air they feel like an exciting holiday to me, too…
Love Asian cuisine, fresh vegies and healthy snacks, always try to explore new places to eat out…
What can we find you eating for breakfast on a Sunday morning?
Favourite cafe is Chimmey’s on Bridge Road in Richmond, they also make the best bread there. If I photograph a Sunday wedding I’ll usually have something hearty for breakfast (German style) that’ll keep me going all day …
Your favourite wedding story?
There are so many beautiful weddings that I had the privilege to be part of. I love the ones best where the bride and groom just enjoy themselves and the people they are sharing the day with. I think it’s always the people in you life that matter the most and a wedding is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the love and friendship you are sharing with your partner and all the other special people in your life.
Kristy of Ngg Studios sent over this sweet retro inspired engagement session she shot of Jason and Holly on the Gold Coast. I love the retro feel with Holly’s sweet yellow dress and the pastel tones of the buildings – they’re so old fashioned beachy without any hint of sand. It’s just Summer all over!
Holly explains how she met her husband to be. “Jason & I met when we were working together on the Gold Coast about 11 years ago. We became friends straight away and kept in contact when I went to study in France and Jason went to live and work in Scotland. Many years on, in 2007, Jason moved back to Coolangatta for 6 months to spend some time with his family and of course we decided to catch up. Sparks started flying and a few weeks later at Jason’s 30th birthday, after a few glasses of wine, I worked up the courage to say something to him. Luckily for me, he felt the same way and the rest is history….”